IS GOD GUIDING PEOPLE TO SAFE PLACES? Meteorite may have landed along Kootenay Lake
A dull rumble of thunder followed.
The fireball was seen as far east as Cochrane, Alberta; south as Coeur d’Alene and Spokane; and west in Nelson, Kamloops and Penticton.
Most witnesses described a greenish blue orb that looked as big as the moon. It lit up the sky as bright as day, and one person even said the automatic street lights switched off for a few minutes as they registered the light.
Witnesses in Cranbrook and Nelson heard a distant boom, like a far-off thunderstorm, after the meteor sank over the horizon — an indication the meteor broke apart and fell to the ground somewhere between the two cities, according to Dr. Alan Hildebrand, head of the Canadian Fireball Reporting Centre at theUniversity of Calgary.
From the angle of the meteor’s flight path, Hildebrand estimates meteor fragments may have landed somewhere north of Creston along Kootenay Lake.
However, the landscape between Creston and Nelson could easily hide meteorites, Hildebrand said. “The general area has a lot of tough ground to search … spectacular scenery generally equals tough meteorite searching.”
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— With files from Sally MacDonald, Cranbrook Daily Townsman